Greetings from the Moderator NOVEMBER 2018
November is a month when on at least on one day, Thanksgiving, we stop and say thank you, Abba. There is a well-documented story about a Polish railway worker, named Jan Grzebski, who was hit by a train in 1988. For the next 19 years Grzebski was in a coma. He awoke in 2007, to a whole new world. On the day of his accident, Poland was a communist state. Grzebski noted that back then meat was rationed and there were huge lines at nearly every gas station. But 19 years later, he awoke to a free nation where he said there were people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin.
But something puzzled him. What amazes me is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and yet they never stop moaning. These people had freedom, and food and wealth greater than Poland had had for decades ... and yet Grzebski woke from his coma to find that all they seemed to want to do was grumble!
It is easy to see what’s wrong in this world, and too often we take for granted all that is good – all the things for which we should be grateful. During the last several weeks Dr. Williams and I have had the privilege of visiting several congregations and participating in Ordination and Installation services as men and women were called into service as Pastors, Associate Pastor and Chaplains. In each of these special celebrations I saw members of the Body of Christ giving thanks.
I have also visited CFP congregations for other reasons and at each I saw sisters and brothers, thankful to part of a ministry that is touching lives in the name of God. For that I am thankful.
I received a message, today with pictures, from one of the pastors supported by Hope N Literacy International Foundation, Inc., an organization, in Haiti, that I am thankful to part of. The pictures revealed a worship service in a small, broken down building, with every person (young and old) praising their God. The congregation is poor, based on Haitian standards of wealth, but they always praise and thank God for His faithfulness.
What are you thankful for? I hope that yours is a life full of joy and hope based on God’s promises to you.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)